Our favourite places for a Kenya safari
Masai Mara – The Masai Mara ecosystem is one of the world’s great wildlife hotspots and stretches across the border into the Serengeti in Tanzania. Surrounding the main reserve in Kenya are private conservancies that are community-owned. They offer an exceptional safari experience and you’ll see fewer other tourists and vehicles than in the main reserve. This part of Kenya has some of the healthiest big cat populations and the volume of animals you’ll see is unrivalled.
Amboseli National Park – framed against the backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, this park is famous as the home of some of the largest elephants in Africa. Like the Masai Mara, there are some private conservancies surrounding the main reserve. This is a really popular park with photographers, as it’s such a beautiful environment. The park fees are significantly cheaper than the Masai Mara, so your money goes further.
Rift Valley Lakes – a more laid back safari destination; exploring the lakes of the Rift Valley is a blissful way to begin or end a Kenya safari holiday. Look out for flocks of flamingos, hippos, and a stunning array of birdlife.
Lewa and Laikipia – phenomenal conservation successes and spectacular scenery make this part of Kenya an outstanding family safari destination. The rolling hills of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy are home to some of the healthies rhino populations in East Africa. Head off the beaten track and enjoy a helicopter flip, or even a vintage biplane adventure.
Samburu – one of several areas of Northern Kenya that offer a different but equally captivating experience to the southern parks (Masai Mara and Amboseli). The wildlife is different here, so you’ll see species you won’t find anywhere else. Aside from the wildlife, the huge open spaces and fascinating culture make a visit to Northern Kenya really memorable.